Commissioners, sheriff correct to defend rights

Commissioners, sheriff correct to defend rights

We applaud the Lycoming County Commissioners for a stand they took at Tuesday’s meeting in favor of the unalienable rights of Lycoming County’s citizens. The specific right in question is the right to keep and bear arms, enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In the resolution passed unanimously by commissioners they “stand for Second Amendment rights and oppose any effort to unconstitutionally restrict such rights of citizens to keep and bear arms.” Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk also attended the meeting, endorsed the resolution and stated his intentions to not enforce any unconstitutional measures from federal authorities. We hope that it never comes to that — that any legislation the U.S. Congress passes and President Joe Biden signs into law is measured and reasonable, with the rights of law-abiding Americans in mind. Barring that, we hope that Lusk works closely with county and municipal officials and local law enforcement to ensure his resistance to excessive laws that violate our rights is effective. We hope, if it were to come to that, that Lycoming County’s resistance could be a model for how to stand against the erosion of liberty. Gun-control measures that exceed the boundaries of the Constitution are rarely only about the Second Amendment. Their practical enforcement often requires trampling due process and the presumption of innocence. Their practical enforcement requires an extensive surveillance state that encroaches on the right to privacy. That’s why, when California attempted an expansion of the concept of “gun violence restraining […]

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